Flavorwire’s Reasonable, Low-Expectation Summer Movie Preview

Much of the summer slate is dire indeed - but we've plucked out a few strong possibilities, and a couple of confirmed gems.

Rough Night (June 16)

It’d be easy to dismiss Rough Night as a crass, estrogen-flipped rip-off of The Hangover (which, hey, look at that, came out in early June of 2009) – or, more accurately, of Very Bad Things, which shares its central “what do we do with the dead stripper” conflict. But let’s consider the personnel involved: the endlessly charming Scarlett Johansson and Zoë Kravitz, plus three of literally the funniest people in the world (Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell, and Ilanza Glazer), in a script written by Glazer’s Broad City (and Time Traveling Bong) collaborators Lucia Aniello and Paul W. Downs. And it’s directed by Aniello as well, which means (no disrespect, Paul Feig) it’s a rare comedy written by and starring women that’s also directed by one. Oh, and it looks funny as hell.